End of European Royalty
by: Gigi Kinsella Period 8 5-19-14

King George V (Great Britain)

  • He married Princess Mary of Teck
  • He had six children
  • When queen Victoria died, and his father, Edward VII, took over the throne, so George V became direct heir to the throne
  • King edward VII died, and George V became king
  • He visited hospitals and toured factories, conferring decorations
  • - He changed the German name of his House - Saxe-Coburg-Gotha - to the undeniably British one of Windsor
  • - King George V died of  pleurisy on January 20, 1936

Kaiser Wilhelm II (Germany)

  • Wilhelm became emperor of Germany in 1888 following the death of Frederick II
  • Wilhelm was a militaristic man, and he believed in increasing the strength of Germany's armed forces
  • Wilhelm suffered a nervous breakdown in 1908, playing a lesser role in the government of Germany for the following few years
  • Wilhelm did not like the idea of democracy
  • Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary on 28 June 1914, Wilhelm and his Chancellor incited Austria-Hungary to exact revenge against Serbia
  • He pulled France, Britain, and Russia into the war
  • He operated as Commander in Chief of the German armed forces throughout the war
  • Germany's ability to win the war in 1918 collapsed, as U.S. involvement took on real form, and shortages at home in Germany spun out of control
  • It became clear that Germany was set to lose the war
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II died in 1941

After World War One, people saw the end of Europe of the Kings, and the beginning of Europe of the Dictators.